Burj Al Arab – Dubai

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Hotelchain: Jumeirah
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel deluxe (some say world’s only 7 star hotel)
Official websitehttp://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/

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Internationally renowned as world’s most luxurious hotel, I had the opportunity to experience the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is located on a man-made island, 280 meters from the Jumeirah beach. It is the flagship of the Jumeirah hotel group.  Only hotel guests (or guests with a reservation in one of the restaurants) can enter the hotel, so there is no sightseeing here.  This is a good thing, as I saw a number of people at the front gate taking pictures of the hotel.

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Location

Located at Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab is located between Dubai Marina and Business Bay. There’s a holiday vibe around the area.

When I approached the entrance, I was impressed with the height of the hotel… 321 meters above sea level… Trust me, it is HUGE!  As soon as you enter the Burj Al Arab, you will enter in a completely different world.  I truly was blown away… Gold everywhere.  It is reportedly the only 7 star hotel in the world and I can easily understand why.  After taking the escalator — with a huge aquarium – you can look up 200 meters. A lot of looking up!  Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside?  Also, there are dancing fountains all over the place with tons of different programs, so you’ll never get bored when watching!

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The suites

There are no rooms in the Burj al Arab, only suites. Starting at 170m² (1,829 sq. ft.), all of the rooms are duplex suites, each with the highest level of comfort one could wish for.  The Burj has 1600 staff members looking over “only” 202 suites.  So that’s… eight members for each suite? Yep! There is a private check-in and butler service for each suite. No waiting times here at the reception. They explain everything you need to know and will do anything you ask — like making reservations in one of the restaurants, booking day trips to the city, making sure you will get the dessert you want, etc.

Every suite in the Burj Al Arab is beautifully decorated. Although the hotel opened back in 1999, the suites look very up to date and brand new. From the marble entrance with large staircase to the oversized living rooms, you will feel like a king or queen while walking around. They have the world’s most expensive mattresses, which can be adapted to customer needs and preferences. These things are making this hotel truly unique; returning guests are assured they will have a wonderful night.

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The bathrooms are huge — they used Italian marble – and you will be so relaxed after spending some time in the oversized jacuzzi.  Oh, a great thing: did you know that Hermès produced a special edition of perfume for the Burj Al Arab?  That is right, full-size Hermès Burj Al Arab amenities (female + male) are offered to guests at no additional charge. Of course, you could take them home as a souvenir.

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Spa facilities

A full spa – the Talise Spa – is located on one of the top floors. I was not able to take pictures of the spa area, but there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness, etc. Several treatments are offered and after a relaxing massage you can relax in the spa resting area, accessible for guests only, of course. From there, you can look straight down (200 meters!) to the ground level. Very impressive and not recommended when afraid of heights 🙂

Spa treatments are excellent! They exactly know how to make you feel at ease and so relaxed. Just tell them which pressure you prefer and you will enjoy every single minute. The soft music all over the place made it even more relaxing.

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There is also an outdoor pool area — and the Burj has its own beach across the bridge. The recently opened Terrace is stunning! For water fun, there is complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is located across the bridge.

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The famous Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s highlights and one of world’s best hotels… The hotel’s immaculate reputation is well earned and you will be impressed with every aspect of your stay!

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Nassauer Hof – Wiesbaden

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Location
: Wiesbaden – Germany
Classification: 5 star superior
Official websitenassauer-hof.de

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I have travelled all over the world and have found the Nassauer Hof to be one of the most exquisite boutique grand hotels in my experience. Nassauer Hof is a historic 5 star hotel and is well located in the center of Wiesbaden. The history of the hotel goes back to 1813 and hosted many notable guests over the years such as John F. Kennedy and many more! You can’t beat the location! The hotel is located directly opposite the historic Kurhaus and just a short walk away from the main shopping area and museums. The trade fair and congress centre is reachable within walking distance.

We were welcomed by a very courteous bellman who parked our car and escorted us into the beautiful lobby. I immediately realized why this is one of the top rated hotels in the area. Did you know that Nassauer Hof was the first hotel in Germany which receive the ‘five star superior’ rating? It is actually the place to be for all the travelers looking for an experience. Further, we were greeted by an exceptionally great front desk staff. Check-in went smoothly and the staff were just extremely professional, going to extraordinary lengths to make everybody’s stay pleasurable. They even remember your names.

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All the guestrooms at Nassauer Hof are unique and very tastefully decorated. It’s all about the details and to be honest, the bed was one the best I have ever experienced! The Executive Suite we stayed in was opulent and charming at the same time, perfectly appointed and completely functional. I loved the comfy couches and large desk. I had a few requests and everyone, from housekeeping to room service or the food and beverage servers, makes it their goal to treat all their guests like VIPs. The suite came with a separate living room and bedroom.

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The bathroom was quite spacious, featuring a separate tub and shower, large sink and separate toilet. Toiletries were amazing! One cool thing I never saw before in any hotel: the bathroom came with two infrared lights in the ceiling. Very nice and oh-so comfortable! The dressing room was a bonus!

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It would be very difficult to get bored at Nassauer Hof as it offers a fully equipped hotel gym and fitness facilities and we totally enjoyed the gorgeous Therme spa area. At 1,500 m² it is huge and we tried everything: the amazing indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The whole area is just relaxing and beautifully decorated. The gorgeous rooftop thermal pool is filled with water from the hotel’s own hot springs, how cool is that? The views over Wiesbaden are just wonderful.

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The Artemis Beauty Spa is a perfect place for ultimate relaxation! The most wonderful staff made me feel at ease right from the moment I stepped in.  They are very knowledgeable about the high quality products they use here. The rejuvenating face cream from Zwyer does feel amazing! The luxurious formula with the precious ZwyerCaviar complex, functional peptides and powerful antioxidants prevents the loss of skin elastic. It helps to reduce DNA damage and wrinkles and supports crucial skin cell functions. Also, the Artemis products are of a high quality. I am actually thinking about using the products on a regular basis. Artemis works according to the ‘less is more’ philosophy and is oriented around skin conditions. After using the products, I had an intense feeling of well-being! Loved it!

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I also got to experience a treatment by Thomas Bonk, the Spa Manager of Nassauer Hof Therme. He’s a real professional and immediately noticed the right treatment for me. After one hour of hard work 😊 he made me feel so much better. He was very knowledgeable about the human body and did give me some advice after the treatment for me to do some exercises at home to relieve the pain I sometimes experience. Highly recommended to book a treatment here!

Nassauer Hof offers several dining options. The first night we enjoyed a light dinner at the Nassauer Hof Bar which is famed for its extraordinary selection of whiskeys. This traditional cocktail bar is located near the lobby area and offers a small menu with delicious options. This was the perfect place to have a small dinner as we arrived pretty late at the hotel. We totally enjoyed the coziness of the place. Having dinner in front of the open fire while listening to live piano music was a treat!

The next morning we had breakfast Restaurant Orangerie. What a gorgeous place to have breakfast! The breakfast selection and service were amazing and they had my favorite fruit, muffins and excellent coffee. The large buffet was leisurely and good with great hot food choices. All in all, an excellent breakfast that set us up for the day. Of course, guests can enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner here as well.

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A visit at Nassauer Hof wouldn’t be complete without have dinner at ENTE. This gourmet restaurant with leading Chef Michael Kammermeir has been awarded with one Michelin star and embraces global cuisine on the highest level.  Each dish was served at the correct temperature, by servers who are skilled, polite and attentive without being intrusive. The décor is impressive and tasteful, the seating allows easy conversation without being hampered by other tables in the vicinity and each course that you order, including drinks, arrives exactly at the perfect moment. I must highlight their signature dish: grated Alsatian foi gras accompanied with Riesling jelly, pear, smoked almonds and salt butter brioche. Each dish blew me away!

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Nassauer Hof is a destination hotel for those travelers that are looking for a truly wonderful experience! This grand hotel and its staff exceeds customer service in every possible way!